Hundley, considered the centerpiece of the UCLA’s 2011 recruiting class, had been sidelined a month following knee surgery. There was a moment when being back sunk in.
“I got chewed out one time today and started laughing,” Hundley said. “It was like, ‘OK, I’m back.’ ”
Hundley was expected to make mistakes, having been on the sidelines. But the raw talent was obvious during 11-on-11 drills. He completed two of three passes in a brief stint with the first team.
“I was surprised to realize what I actually knew,” said Hundley, who was injured playing basketball in May and had surgery in July. “I learned from all those mental reps and from the opportunity to study a little more while I was out.”